Ohio State’s top-ranked 2018 recruiting class took a major hit on Wednesday with the defection of five-star defensive end Brenton Cox.
From Stockbridge, Ga., recruiting analysts had said for a while he was thought to be on the bubble as Alabama and Georgia made major efforts to woo him in recent months. Wednesday night he revealed his change of heart on Twitter.
“I want to thank the whole OSU organization and fan base for welcoming me into the Buckeye family, but I would like to decommit,” Cox wrote. “Thanks for everything.”
I Want to thank the whole OSU organization and fan base for welcoming me into the buckeye family , but i would like to decommit , Thanks for everything #1000— (@Brenton_cox) December 6, 2017
He is considered the No.22 overall prospect in the nation according to the 247sports composite, an average of the major recruiting rankings. He had been scheduled to make his official visit to OSU next weekend.
That leaves Ohio State with 18 commitments to its 2018 class, including safety Tyreke Johnson of Jacksonville, Florida, who pledged to the Buckeyes on Tuesday. But they still are No. 1 in the 247sports composite rankings of recruiting classes, ahead of No. 2 Texas.
The first time recruits can sign a national letter of intent is during the new early period of 72 hours which begins Dec. 20.
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